Wordless Wednesday….. Another Favourite Place


Location: – Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Visiting your favourite place or just recalling a memories……

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

18th May

(C) David Oakes 2022


A Highland Spring….

58 Uath Lochans, Farleitter, Glen Feshie,Cairngorms, Scotland 0721

Uath Lochan, Inshriach Forest, Glen Feshie, Cairngorms, Scotland

New Spring growth arrives at this remote Highland lochan.

Wherever you are….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

17th May

(C) David Oakes 2022



Bonfire Night…. November 5th.


Autumn in the Gardens of Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

November the 5th, a date always associated in England with  Guy Fawkes and the failed Gunpowder Plot.

It is also know as Bonfire Night.  Let me say that although Fireworks have long been associated with the day, I have always rather associated it, from boyhood,  with the act of having a garden bonfire….  an autumnal clear out

Bonfires are now rather infradig, composting is far better for autumnal leaves and prunings.  November 5th still tiggers that moment in time, when my mind says….autumn is over.  OK., don’t shout, I know we have a few more days of autumns colours to enjoy before the darker winter days.  But symbolically, that’s autumn gone for this year.


As for Chatsworth in the autumn….  its a rather good place to enjoy the autumns colours in their fine mature woodlands.  But not this year for us.  True the House* and Gardens are still open, but visitor numbers limited and you have to pre-book.  Pre-booked, I just find that a turnoff, I prefer to seize the moment.  May be next autumn…. if life is more back to normal  🙂

* Lockdown has now been reintroduced to England.  So the House is not open for this period….   but the gardens remain open

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

5th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Wordless Wednesday……. A Favourite Place


They say that it is “Better to Travel than to Arrive”……..  well I guess I know what they mean, the journey is all important. Sometime a pause on route is a real bonus.

The image above is of The Isle of Mull, a very favourite place of ours.  Mull is an island of the North West Coast of Scotland, only a short Ferry ride away, but it is like embarking on an adventure to a very distance land.

But where the photograph was taken from is equally as important to us.  Ledaig Beach, just north of Oban.  We always spend some days here before.  Those days build the magic of both the moment and the destination.

Glad to be here, yet full of anticipation of what is to come.

What ever lies ahead of us all…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

4th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Brief Break in the Storm Clouds…..


Tarn Hows, Cumbria

Some years ago now, but it still feels like yesterday, we had a very wet walk in the English Lake District.  The heavy clouds hung to the mountain tops so a lower level walk was the plan.  The rain just got heavier and heavier.

Then as if by magic, as we descended to Tarn Hows, the cloud broke briefly and some shafts sunlight  burst through.  The magic was the way in which that sun suddenly brought the autumn Larch to life…..   a memorable magic moment and for a short while the rain was forgotten.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

3rd October

(C) David Oakes 2020